• G20 environment ministers commit to 1.5 degree target, but other disagreements persist

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

A meeting of G20 environment ministers has led to an agreement that new climate targets will be adopted within three months, before the COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow in November. Ministers failed to reach an agreement on phasing out coal or an end to the subsidising of fossil fuels, with Russia, China, India and Saudi Arabia opposed. However, there was agreement on trying to limit global average temperature rises to less than 1.5oC above the pre-industrial average, and accelerating action to achieve this during the 2020s. With the G20 representing much of the world economy, this is a significant achievement, although it will of course have to be matched with action, which may come harder than words. Turkey, a member of the G20, and which has not ratified the Paris Agreement, issued a statement after the meeting that it would not ratify the Agreement until it was reclassified as a developing country.